United Way of Erie County is pleased to offer the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount card. The card can be used by the whole family and is for people with no insurance or for medicine not covered by insurance, Medicare or other benefit plans. The FamilyWize Prescription Discount card could lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35%. Since we first introduced the card in September 2013, over 5,490 Erie County residents have saved more than $850,000 dollars on their prescription medicines. These residents have saved an average of $155 over this time, with the average savings per claim of $30.65. United Way of Erie County is providing these cards free-of-charge to everyone in our community. There are no age restrictions, no income restrictions, no limit on how many times you can use it and no waiting to get a card.
FamilyWize essentially acts like a huge consumer group buying service for the uninsured and underinsured. The discounts and savings on medications are provided voluntarily by the more than 61,000 participating pharmacies (such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Walmart, Target and Kmart) that have agreed to provide prices similar to what they give large insurance companies and employers.
It’s easy to use a FamilyWize Card. There are no forms to fill out, waiting period or registration. All FDA approved brand and generic prescription medications are covered with the exception of mail order prescription services. Anyone in your family, your work, your church or your neighborhood can use it. Immediately. You can even use it if you have health insurance for anything your insurance does not cover.
You ALWAYS get the lowest price. Your cost will be the discount price with the FamilyWize card or the pharmacy's usual and customary retail price, whichever is lower. People will save 8 times out of 10 over the pharmacy prices. You are responsible for the entire payment of the prescription medicine purchased after any discounts are applied. The FamilyWize card cannot lower the co-pay for medicine covered by insurance. If you are already using a prescription drug discount card offered by another organization, present the FamilyWize card along with your current card at the pharmacy to ensure you get the lowest price (while you cannot combine the discounts from both cards, you can use whichever card has the better discount).
These FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people with no insurance.
They can be used by:
To learn about health insurance for uninsured children and teens (CHIP or childrens health insurance program), call 1-877-KIDS NOW (1-877-543-7669) to talk to someone in Pennsylvania. You can also review the information at www.chipcoverspakids.com. Select Erie County to see a list of providers.